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Affiliated Groups

The Office of Minority Student Affairs has supports the following on campus groups whose organizations’ missions are in line with our office’s mission. We believe in supporting underrepresented students through mentorship, community building, leadership, and providing academic and professional enrichment opportunities.  

Women of Color Circle (WOCC)

The Women of Color Circle grew out of an unfathomable circumstance and provided a safe environment for women of all backgrounds, but especially the black women and Latinas who were deeply affected, to begin their own healing process.  

Women of all racial and ethnic backgrounds are welcome to participate in the WOCC, however, the mission remains squarely focused on bringing the issues and interests of women of color from the margins to the center. Attending a circle is all that is required to join the WOCC and be added to our email distribution list. 

Douglass Leadership House (DLH)

Named after Rochester icon Frederick Douglass, the mission of the Douglass Leadership House (DLH) is to establish an engaging intellectual community where students of all cultural backgrounds can come together and raise awareness of the many facets of the black experience; including culture, politics, history, and Diasporic roots. 

Students live together in a supportive environment that celebrates African-American leadership and nurtures their own leadership skills.

Minority Male Leadership Association (MMLA)

The Minority Male Leadership Association was founded the winter of 2013 by several minority men whom gathered on campus to share a vision to create an organization for undergraduates, graduates, and faculty/staff that would foster mentorship and success among minority men in the Rochester community.  

Women's Leadership Alliance (WLA)

The Women's Leadership Alliance was founded by four undergraduate women at the University of Rochester who felt that mentoring of women is an important aspect missing from the University of Rochester community. The hope of this organization is to build a sisterhood among graduate and undergraduate women of color on campus and those in the Rochester City School District.  

Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students (MAPS)

The Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students (MAPS) is a pre-medical chapter of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) and a pipeline organization sponsored by the University of Rochester SNMA. It is an undergraduate organization that embodies the interest of underserved and underrepresented minority pre-health students.

MAPS is an organization that aims to provide historically underrepresented students in medicine with the tools and resources necessary to become competitive applicants to their respective health professional fields. Some of the unique benefits of being a member of Rochester MAPS are that members are exposed to unique leadership opportunities and get to be a part of the yearly regional and national conferences.